Centre for Immunity, Infection and Evolution Spring Symposium: Parasite Infections - From Experimental Models To Natural Systems

  • When:  Wednesday 14 May 2014
  • Time:  All day
  • Location:  Lecture theatre 1, Ashworth Laboratories, Kings Buildings, University of Edinburgh
  • For more information and to register:  please click here
  • Email organisers:  ciie@ed.ac.uk

The Centre for Immunity, Infection and Evolution will be hosting their Spring Symposium "Parasite Infections - From Experimental Models To Natural Systems", organised in collaboration with Berlin Research Consortium for Parasite Infection, on Wednesday 14 May 2014.

Eukaryotic parasites are complex and heterogeneous organisms with sophisticated strategies of host exploitation. Parasitic infections cause a high morbidity, thus constituting an enormous socioeconomic burden, particularly in developing countries. In terms of ecology, parasite-induced fitness losses and fitness costs are driving evolutionary forces that shape populations.

Novel options for controlling parasitic diseases will arise from investigating parasitic strategies for infection and persistence on the molecular level when particularly focusing on metabolic pathways. The treatment of parasitic infections will improve through insights into mechanisms of immunomodulation and strategies of reprogramming host cells. Research on parasite-host interactions at the immunological and organismal level may also foster regimens enhancing immune responses to parasites.

Confirmed Speakers:

  • Speakers from Edinburgh:
    • Rose Zamoyska, CIIE
    • Jacqueline Matthews, CIIE
    • Jose Vazquez Boland, CIIE
    • Keith Matthews, CIIE
  • Speakers from Berlin:
    • Susanne Hartmann, Freie Universität Berlin, Department of Veterinary Medicine, Institute of Immunology
    • Anton Aebischer, Robert Koch Institute, Division 16 Mycotic and Parasitic Agents and Mycobacteria, Berlin
    • Georg von Samson-Himmelstjerna, Freie Universität Berlin, Department of Veterinary Medicine, Institute of Parasitology and Tropical Veterinary Medicine
    • Sebastian Rausch, Freie Universität Berlin, Department of Veterinary Medicine, Institute of Immunology
    • Heribert Hofer, Leibniz Institute for Zoo & Wildlife Research, Berlin
    • Marion East, Leibniz Institute for Zoo & Wildlife Research, Berlin
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